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The Official Vinylmation blog today confirmed what we reported last week, that there is a variant for the Snowth from the new Muppets 3 Blind Box series.

Vinylmation™ Muppets Series 3 Variant Revealed

July 30 | By: Disney Theme Park Merchandise

Vinylmation™ Muppets Series 3 was released this past Friday, July 26, 2013. Here is a look at the variant figure released as part of this collection.

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Snowth was designed by artist, Monty Maldovan.

This series was released at D Street in California and Florida as well as online at the Disney Parks Online Store – DisneyParks.com/Store.

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If you are after a bargain, Disneystore.com are continuing their sale with some new reduced prices including the “Its a Boy/Girl” Open Window’s have been reduced to $4.99 each and both the Whiskers and Tales/High School blind box series have been reduced to $2.99 each or $69.99 for a tray.

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Also today in Europe, the Muppets 3 blind box series has been released through Disneystore.co.uk and .fr, as well as in selected stores.

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Welcome to a brand new edition of Hits and Misses as members of the Vinylmation Kingdom community share their thoughts on a series and this week we take a look at this weeks latest blind box release, Muppets 3.7511002529812

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RogPalmerUK – I will happily admit that I am a Muppets fan and have managed to collect both series 1 and 2 minus the chasers, which means this series is already a hit in my eyes and a series I will be picking up as soon as it comes out.  Muppets 3 will be the first full series I’ve blind boxed properly because it will be the first Muppets series to be released in the UK.   When I first saw the first images from Mickey’s Circus, having the first 3″ Gonzo and Animal instantly sold me on this series as those two are two of the biggest and most popular characters, which while the 9″‘s from the second series were fab, (I have the Gonzo but not the Animal), these will be standing at the front on my Muppets shelf.

Other really strong characters from this series include Reporter Kermit, this will be the first proper Kermit in my collection as I haven’t been able to get my hands on the Park 1 or Series 1 and 2 (9″) versions so I’m looking forward to getting that one.  Miss Piggy is another favourite of mine, the Liberty Minnie figure was my very first Vinylmation, so this one really jumps out to me as one of the strongest figures from the series.   The chaser isn’t amazing but I think its a good choice considering the popularity of the latest movie and I really like the Kermit T-Shirt.  Uncle Deadly and Sam the Eagle are also pretty decent figures that have shown the move to the new mold seems to have allowed the artists to really get their teeth into the characters.  But for me, having a Muppets series with commons of Gonzo, Animal, Miss Piggy and Kermit has to be a good thing and I can’t wait to see a Star Wars – Muppets cross over.

@DisneyMart – I personally think the artwork for this series is a real step up from the previous 2 Muppets series! It is fantastic to finally have an Animal 3” and I think he will be one of those popular commons which will probably sell for in excess of the retail price for the first few weeks after release in places where it is difficult to trade easlt such as in the UK. I don’t collect 9”, so I’m glad I can finally add an Animal vinylmation to my collection!! The other big hit from this series is Miss Piggy, she looks wonderful and the accessory is really neat. I see this being another popular figure. Overall this series has surprised me. I didn’t bother with series 1 and 2, but series 3 will definitely get me buying a few bloxes to get the ones I like.

 WDWRobert – There are very few series that can be successful in its third Series. The Animation Series did a nice job, Star Wars did and excellent job and now the Muppets who did a wonderful. wonderful job. I am glad there were some returning Characters Like Miss Piggy which has been in all three series and the welcomed return to a 3″ Kermit. Of course there are quite a few that have never been in Vinylmation form like “Newsman” Mahna Mahna to just name a few. This series I plan to collect the entire group including the Chaser Walter.

Animal: It can be hard sometimes with Animal and to what level of crazy intensity will be portrayed. This Animal is perfect. A perfect Balance of Calm & Craziness that shows on his face. There is a lot of great detail on this 3″ version. Glad he made it to the 3″ mold.

Captain Sam: I feel bad that I have type casted Sam to just these words; Its a glorious 3 hour finally from Muppet Vision 3D. Cant wait to see the hat in person. Lets not forget the nicely done uniform. This is one Vinyl I cannot wait to get him home and on display. I have the 9″ version of him and he looks great there but again the hat is too cool to pass up.

Crazy Harry: Though not a big character in the Muppet Family he is still a big Bang with me. Sorry I could not resist. Look at the TNT on his back hip pocket area. Where ever he goes it will surely be a Blast! Look at the Mickey ears, I am not kidding. Asides the my bad humor this guy is well done.

Gonzo the Great: Gonzo looks great in his 3″ form. Love the outfit love the Red cape. Great use of the Mickey Ears as a Billboard. Even though its a 3″ I feel like I like it better than its 9″ predecessor. It would of been cool if the added a 1 1/2 Camilla

Miss Piggy: Man her Character Drive me nuts. But no matter what her role is in each series such as Muppets 1 Series as “Miss Piggy, to First Mate Piggy, in Muppets 2 and finally to Liberty Piggy from Muppetvision 3D Liberty Pig. They are all there. And all 3 need to be part of the collection. I would of loved to see that done in another character as well. Muppets 3 Miss Piggy is my favorite as it takes me back to DHS and my favorite 3D show.

Mahna Mahna: Maybe I should just say this; Muppet Show, Mahna Mahna and the Snoths! Though not a super huge Character he is still very welcome to the series how can you not just start singing the Song yourself. Well done. Though the Green is a bit light. But this is one of my favorites from this series.

Newsman: I love having him in my collection. Another connection to the Muppet Show. Love the Suite, Glasses well everything. Using the Mickey Ears for Background Maps is the best. Another welcome new minor Character. PS The ears “Maps” are the same ones in the Muppet show.

Reporter Kermit: Now take the Newsman’s and add Reporter Kermit and there is a great tema. I am glad to see Kermit back in the 3″ Muppet series. Can’t wait to see this one in person. The raincoat and Hats are classic. I do wish they would of used one of the older hats that were more grayish. I am still trying to figure out the two red characters that are in red. I think they are Koozebanian’s.

Snowth: How can you have Mahna Mahna with out his Snowth’s They will look great Next to each other. It would of been the best if they could of made a mouth extension for them. Wait a second there is only one in the set. Well just like the Park 12 Splash Mountain Vulture, I had to get two to complete the set. I advice in doing the same!

Uncle Deadly: I love his addition. To the Muppets 3 Lineup. I was really glad to see him in the most recent Muppet Movie. And welcome him to the Muppet Vinylmation World. He is on the darker side of blue for me. He needed to be a bit more gray for me.

Walter: I was really worried that they would do what they did in Muppets Series 2 Vinylmation Chaser position. I was really disappointed when I found out it was Waldo. Well this one is no letdown. Walter the Vinylmation is a great and welcomed change to the growing list of letdown Chasers. The transformation to Vinyl was well done. The T-Shirt pants and Red Shoes are a hit for me. Walters face looks great. Great Smile. Great Chaser.

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RogPalmerUK – Ah… Muppets 3, I will honestly say that when I first saw the preview images of this series, I wasn’t blown away, there just seemed to be a few too many lesser known characters.  Beauregard and Crazy Harry both stand out as two characters I actually had to Google since I couldn’t remember them, with the Newsreader also being a character that seems to shout “Filler” to me.  I still think Series 1 was such a stand out series that its hard to compare to, that series featured major characters but I think Series 3 is a step above Series 2.

 @Disneymart – I really like this series, but one ‘missed’ opportunity for me is that Miss Piggy is not a 9”. I think this design would look great on a larger canvas! One thing I do dislike about this series is Kermits ears. I am really fussy about the art on the ears, and when it is not an extension of the character themselves, it does make me stare at it oddly for many an hour. Other than those barrel scratching misses, I do think this series will be a big hit!!!

WDWRobert – Beauregard: He is not one of my favorite ones in this series. They did a nice job on recreating his character for vinylmation form. However, not being a big fan of him I have little excitement with this guy. But will collect him none the less.

If you would like to take part in a edition of Hits and Misses, feel free to contact me via Twitter (@RogPalmerUK), email (Roger@Vinylmationkingdom.com) or by Facebook.

Next Week – SDCC Behind the Masks 2

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Today saw the release of the Muppets 3 Vinylmation blind box series and earlier this week we heard from Disney that there was a variant in this series.  But after many hours since release, we might have discovered what that variant is.

Throughout the day, collectors have been checking their figures for the unknown variant, then Vinylmation Exchange member Dean Rowland posted a image of his traders from his blind boxes, when fellow member, Jay Alvarado noticed that there was something different about the Snowth character.  A very small difference in the shape of the mouth, instead of a Circle it is a Oval, as if the character is singing.  Now this could be a production error and not the official variant.variant muppets 3

 

Here is the original:

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What are your thoughts on this?

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In the last new release Friday of July, we get a few new releases including the Muppets 3 Blind Box Series which will be available in the theme parks, selected Disney Stores and available online through Disneystore.com.  Priced at $12.95 for a blind box and $310.80 for a tray.  These will also be available in Europe through .co.uk/fr and selected stores but it looks like they are released on Monday.

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The Park Starz 2 Dino Institute Variant is also released today at D-Street and Disneystore.com, this figure has a Limited Edition size of 1000 and a retail price of $26.95.

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Also released today is the Park 12 Contemporary set which has a Retail Price: $44.95 with a Limited Edition Size of 1,200.  This will be available at D-Street.park 12 cont

Which one are you planning to pick up?

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Yesterday we found out who was the chaser for Muppets 3, Vinylmation Kingdom reporter Kiyoshi Kuramoto discovered that some Muppets 3 cases sneaked out into a store at Disneyland’s California Adventure before next week’s official release.

 

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Also Vinylmation Kingdom reader Lizzie IsGod sent in some photos of the selection at D-Street, California which we thought we would share as well today.

 

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VM-Muppets-500x290The updates keep coming as the Vinylmation page confirms the release of the Muppets 3 series in July.

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Muppets Series 3

SKU: 400007351479

Retail Price: $12.95

This product is sold in a tray.

Tray Retail Price: $310.80

Artist Name: Monty Maldovan

Figure: 3-inch figure

Edition Size: Mystery Box

Disney Parks Release Date: July 26

Disney Parks Online Release Date: July 26

Will you be picking up these?

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Today see’s the release of the Jabba the Hut 9″ in Disneyland (it previously got released on Friday in Walt Disney World).

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Also released today is the new Alaska Disney Cruise Line by Maria Clapsis which is only available on the actual cruise itself and is limited to an edition size of 1000.

In some news from the United Kingdom, Both Monsters University and Muppets 3 have been confirmed by the UK Disney Facebook page as set to be released on their Online store.

And over in Disneyland Paris, its been confirmed that Beauty and the Beast will be released, but currently Disney are still to announce if BATB will be released in the UK/FR.

According to reports from guests who went to Disneyland Paris this weekend, Park 12 will also be released in Disneyland Paris in June on the same day as Monsters University.  This continues the trend of DLP selling even numbered series as series 4, 6, 8 and 10 also got released there.

While over in Japan, Mickey’s Wild West and Goofy Candy Co Juniors have also been released at Disney Stores.